Over the years there have been some superstars of the saddle from the great Lester Piggott to the sublime Pat Eddery. However, we take a look at some of the leading lights of the current crop and who are widely regarded as some of the leading flat jockeys in horse racing.
Kieren Fallon has one of the most colourful careers in the saddle as his sheer brilliance has been marred by some misdemeanours down the way. Still widely regarded as one of the strongest men in a finish, Fallon is one of the older men in the weighing room, but equally one of the most respected. A multiple Classic winner Fallon dominated the flat racing scene in the late 1990's early 2000's bagging several leading jockey's crown, but his chequered past has also affected his career somewhat down the years.
Frankie Dettori has to be the most recognisable face in horse racing and even though the affable Italian is always entertaining out of the saddle, he certainly is a ruthless jockey in the saddle. A legend of the sport Dettori has been at the top of flat racing for two decades notching up three champion jockey titles along the way. However, it was his win at the 15th attempt in the Epsom Derby aboard Authorized that saw Dettori finally achieve a dream. However, its not been all smiles for Dettori as a plane crash in 2000 hindered his career.
Johnny Murtagh is one of the most successful jockeys to have come out of Ireland having notched an incredible 19 Classic wins during an illustrious career. A talented sportsman at a young age it was by chance that Murtagh decided to venture into horse racing to become a jockey, but it was a life-changing decision as he has partnered some of the best horses in recent years.
Richard Hughes is fastly becoming one of the most accomplished riders in the weighing room. Aided by legendary trainer Richard Hannon, Hughes has ridden some of the leading horses in the flat game and nearly managed to bag the 2010 leading jockey title. Being stable jockey for Hannon, Hughes has partnered top miler Canford Cliffs to Group One glory, whilst bagging a plethora of winners in a career that is continually on the up.